April 2020/… From Greece and its islands to Cyprus, Madeira, Malta, Egypt, Turkey and the Balearic Islands, choose from hotels and resorts where infinity pools are the sophisticated new cool. A merger of Mother Nature and the cutting-edge architecture of a man-made pool create the calmest sea of blue to give an illusion of being able to swim forever into the horizon.
It’s an intoxicating experience and on arrival at your hotel be prepared for a jaw-dropping moment as you take in the view of the pool – seemingly suspended between the sea and sky. Laze on sunbeds or submerged loungers and cool down in the water before drying off in a warm, gentle breeze. Lose yourself in a book, read your favourite magazines and revel in a digital detox with time to chat and share your thoughts before drifting off for a cheeky afternoon siesta.
When it’s time for sundowner there’s nowhere more romantic when the blue views fade to lilac, pink and gold before the clear night sky fills with stars and the moon reflects silver over the dark sea.
And guess what? The next day you can do it all over again!
And here’s where to do it…
St Nicholas Bay Resort & Villas, Crete
Laze in this elegant oasis that’s also perfect for weddings with five private waterfront venues hosting from two to 120 guests.
St. Nicholas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is one of the most sought-after hotels on the island of Crete. Fully renovated, it is magnificently set in a two-storey bungalow style building, overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello. This hotel is an ideal choice for couples who want to combine relaxation with activity throughout their stay and great for weddings too. The rooms are chic, elegant and airy, all with sea views, surrounded by olive trees, orange and lemon groves and garden terraces. The hotel’s picturesque gardens lead down to its own private beach where all beach facilities are provided. There are a few shops and restaurants within a five-minute walk and the centre of Aghios Nikolaos is a 25 minute walk away.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at St Nicholas Bay Resort & Villas, Crete from £1,653pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a half board basis staying in a classic double. Price based on September 2020 departure.
Michelangelo Resort, Kos
Relax by the huge infinity pool to feel a true sense of peace and tranquillity with panoramic views that fade into blue skies.
Rising above the beach of Agios Fokas, the Michelangelo Resort & Spa is an ultra-modern 5-star hotel that offers an impressive infinity pool, panoramic decked terraces and spa facilities.
An elegant hotel offering 254 rooms in the main and 9 side buildings, all 3 floored, most of them with breath-taking sea views! Spacious rooms with furnished balcony or terrace. The Spa features baths, sauna and hot tub or you can also indulge yourself with one of the great massage treatments on offer. Guests can enjoy the sunset and sunrise from one of the hotel’s 3 outdoor swimming pools. A varied breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet is served at the elegant restaurant, overlooking the sea and the pool. A la carte dishes are available for breakfast and dinner at the a la carte restaurant, above the Infinity pool with amazing sea views. There is also a pool bar, a beach bar and the main bar (in the lobby).
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at Michelangelo Resort, Kos from £1,116pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a half board basis staying in a double room inland view. Price based on September 2020 departure.
Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort, Zante
Slip into the infinity pool and feel as if you are floating out to the beautiful Ionian Sea at this adults-only resort.
True to its name, the Lesante Blu surrounds you with spectacular views of the Blue Sea. Located in the picturesque village of Tragaki, the Lesante Blu is a simply one-of-a-kind experience offering exclusivity, peace of mind and five-star comfort. Its ‘all-about-you’ mentality can be experienced via the private pools, the adults-only policy, the state-of-the-art suites and the discreet staff. The fine selection of restaurants offering you creative Mediterranean dishes by the sea, the secluded beach, the 24/7 impeccable room service and the private heliport, add up to a unique stay experience.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort, Zante from £1,550pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a B&B basis staying in a double suite sea view. Price based on September 2020 departure.
Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas
Sunbathe on dazzling white loungers which are gently immersed in the turquoise pool for the ultimate in cool.
The hotel name of Nido derives from the Italian meaning ‘nest’, reflecting the warm, intimate environment of the adults-only resort and echoing Corfu’s natural charm. The hotel overlooks the blue-flag Ionian beach of Agios Ioannis Peristeron and has its own lush, landscaped gardens. The authenticity of the Greek and Corfiot menus has been enhanced by a gourmet partnership with two Michelin-starred chefs. An adventure centre, trekking and mountain biking and a range of watersports, including a professional diving base, offer activity to complement the relaxation and guests also use the facilities, including restaurants, bars and spa, at the adjoining MarBella Corfu.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu from £1,430pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a B&B basis staying in a junior suite sea view. Price based on September 2020 departure.
Apostolata Island Resort & Spa, Kefalonia
Swim in the sparkling blue water which melts into the skyline and soak up sweeping views of the Ionian Sea.
The infinity pool really does seem to go on forever with its own breath-taking views of the sea at the Apostolata Island Resort & Spa, in Skala, Kefalonia. On a hillside which slopes gently to the sea, offering a wonderful panorama, the hotel has superb accommodation, complemented by a spa where guests can luxuriate in rejuvenating therapies and pure pampering. The spa treatments feature natural and organic skin and body care products from Australian brand LI’TYA, based on Aboriginal medicines and created from plants, flowers and fruits, Tasmanian sea kelp, mother of pearl and essential oils, with services including massage, body and facial therapies, sauna, hammam, manicure and pedicure, and a Jacuzzi. There is also a gym and tennis courts. Recommended as an ideal hotel for guests of all ages, the Apostolata Island has a children’s seawater pool, a playground, and a club for ages four to 12, as well as providing high chairs and baby cots. Just four kilometres from the charming resort of Skala, where there are excellent amenities and a vast stretch of sand and shingle beach with sparkling, turquoise waters, the resort is also close to nesting grounds of loggerhead sea turtles.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at Apostolata Island Resort & Spa, Kefalonia from £945pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a half board basis staying in a twin room. Price based on September 2020 departure.
Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Spa, Rhodes
A small stream carries good ‘chi’ through the hotel from the hills above to the azure sea in this peaceful couple’s resort.
Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel and Suites is a top class boutique hotel, nestled in a tranquil hillside with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. This adults-only hotel is ideal for couples who seek romance and tranquillity combined with the highest standards of hospitality. The rooms and suites are set in an amphitheatre style amongst the highly inclined landscape with breathtaking views of Vlicha Bay. Outside, the infinity swimming pool and the main swimming pool is surrounded by a spacious sunbathing terrace with ample cushioned sun loungers and parasols. By the pool you will find a laid-back atmosphere where you can relax and soak up the sunshine, while the pool bar serves delicious drinks and a selection of tasty poolside snacks. Guests can truly unwind at the spa centre, which includes a steam room, sauna and massage treatments. In the evenings, there is music which can be enjoyed by guests and the tempting restaurant is on hand, serving international and local cuisine.
Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays.com; 020 8492 6868) offer 7 nights at Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Spa from £1,700pp (based on two adults sharing) including flights from London Gatwick, accommodation, transfers and luggage on a B&B basis staying in a double room. Price based on September 2020 departure.
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